I Had A Muscle Strain At Work, Could I Claim Compensation?

Muscle Strain At Work

Muscle Strain At Work Compensation Claims Guide

In this guide, we outline how you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim after suffering a muscle strain at work. We will look at the laws that not only protect your health and safety while at work but also how they place a duty of care on all employers. This is closely followed by the causes of accidents and injuries that could lead to muscle strain while at work.

In addition to this, we highlight what evidence can be advantageous when making an accident at work claim. We also detail how compensation tends to be calculated and what resources solicitors may utilise during the process. 

Furthermore, we differentiate between the types of compensation you may receive and explain the usual conditions of a No Win No Fee agreement and what you can expect if you are to work with a solicitor in this way. 

For more guidance on making a claim after a muscle strain at work, please continue reading our guide. If you would prefer to discuss your claim with an advisor, you can chat with a member of our team in your preferred way: 

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  1. Could I Claim For A Muscle Strain At Work?
  2. Causes Of Muscle Strain Injuries At Work
  3. Evidence To Support Your Claim For A Muscle Strain At Work
  4. Estimating Payouts For Sprains And Strains At Work
  5. Contact A No Win No Fee Workplace Injury Claim Specialist
  6. Find Out More About How To Claim For Work-Related Injuries

Could I Claim For A Muscle Strain At Work? 

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that your employer owes you a duty of care whilst you are working. They are required to take reasonably practicable steps to ensure your welfare and safety in the workplace. 

If they breach this duty and you suffer harm as a result, you could be eligible to make a claim. 

To do so, you should be able to illustrate that:

  • Your employer owed you a duty of care.
  • There was a breach of this duty.
  • This breach led to you suffering harm. 

A breach of duty resulting in injury constitutes negligence, and you could be eligible to sue an employer for an injury on the job if this is the case.

If you have suffered a muscle strain at work due to your employer being negligent, please get in contact to receive an assessment of your claim. 

Causes Of Muscle Strain Injuries At Work 

 There are many ways that you could suffer a muscle strain at work: 

  • Slip, trip, or fall: You may have slipped at work and hurt your back. This could happen if a wet floor has not been properly signposted, making you unaware of the hazard.
  • Lack of manual handling training: If you have not received the necessary training from your employer in accordance with The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, you could strain a muscle by lifting items incorrectly.
  • An object is too heavy: Your employer may instruct you to move an object that is evidently too heavy to move without the use of machinery. You could suffer a strained muscle in your shoulder or suffer a back injury if you attempt to lift an overly-heavy object.

To learn more about making a personal injury claim after suffering an injury at work, please get in contact with our team. 

Evidence To Support Your Claim For A Muscle Strain At Work 

When you are making an accident at work claim, having evidence will be important in establishing liability. It can support your claim and illustrate how your employer’s negligence caused you to suffer injuries. 

Examples include: 

  • Photographs of your injuries and the site of the accident.
  • CCTV footage to show how the accident occurred.
  • Copies of medical records to prove your injuries.
  • Witness contact information so those who saw the accident can provide a statement. 

Our solicitors can help you in acquiring these forms of evidence for your claim. To learn more about how you could claim for a work-related injury, please get in contact with our advisors. 

Estimating Payouts For Sprains And Strains At Work 

You may be entitled to receive two forms of compensation. General damages are responsible for compensating you for the pain you have suffered due to your injury. 

Your harm will be valued by solicitors who may turn to the Judicial College Guidelines JCG for support. The compensation brackets provided can be helpful in determining the payout you may receive. We have provided examples taken from the JCG in the table below.

It is essential to note that the amounts are not a guaranteed representation of what you are going to receive for your muscle strain at work claim. The purpose of the table is to provide guidance only. 

Injury Severity Details Compensation Guidelines
Neck Severe (iii) Injuries that cause severe damage to soft tissues or ruptured tendons that lead to chronic conditions. £45,470 to £55,990
Back Severe (iii) Soft tissue injuries leading to chronic conditions while despite treatment disabilities remain. £38,780 to £69,730
Back Moderate (ii) A muscle injury that leads to backache or soft tissue injuries that result in a prolonged acceleration and/or exacerbation of a pre-existing back condition. £12,510 to £27,760
Shoulder Moderate Soft tissues injuries to the shoulder with minor symptoms persisting after two years. £7,890 to £12,770
Leg Injuries Less Serious Leg Injuries (i) Serious soft tissue injuries to the legs causing functional restriction. £17,960 to £27,760
Leg Injuries Less Serious Leg Injuries (ii) Soft tissue injuries, muscle tears and lacerations. Up to £11,840

Special Damages 

The other kind of compensation you may receive is special damages. This is intended to cover the financial damage you have suffered due to your injuries.

For example, you may be subjected to a loss of earnings because your injury has prevented you from returning to employment during your recovery period or for the foreseeable future. Payslips can illustrate this reduction in income and support your claim for special damages.

Additionally, if you build up costs paying for public transport when travelling to doctor or hospital appointments, you could be reimbursed for such. Being able to provide proof such as public transport tickets or evidence that you spent money on travel will be useful. 

Furthermore, if you require home adjustments to cater to your injuries, these can cost you. Bank statements and invoices can demonstrate the money you have spent.

Contact A No Win No Fee Workplace Injury Claim Specialist 

If you are eligible to make a claim after suffering a muscle strain at work, you may seek the skills and advice of a solicitor. They can use their expertise and familiarity in the area of law to help strengthen your claim. 

They could offer to work on a No Win No Fee basis, proposing you both enter a Conditional Fee Agreement

You can usually expect these to operate in a way which means that the payment of your solicitor will be dependent upon the outcome of your claim.

If your claim is unsuccessful, you will be under no obligation to pay for your solicitor’s services. Alternatively, if your claim is a success, your solicitor will take a fee. 

These are success fees which solicitors deduct from your award. The percentage they take will most likely be spoken about and agreed upon prior to entering the agreement. 

Nonetheless, the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 places a legal restriction on what they are legally allowed to take. 

To discover more about the accident at work claim process, please reach out to our team. Our solicitors can assist you with your claim and help you begin the process. 

To reach an advisor, please use your preferred method of contact: 

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Find Out More About How To Claim For Work-Related Injuries 

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